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and other etiquette thoughts

If you want to know how to start a cotillion, manners school, or etiquette program in your area, I’m happy to share! If you’ve got about 12-14 days a year to dedicate to this, you, too, can start a program that will help young people in your community improve their soft skills, practice face-to-face interactions […]

How to Start a Cotillion

Jul 22, 2022

If you’ve been invited to a party, gathering, or overnight stay, it’s always a kind gesture (and good etiquette) to take a hostess gift. But if it’s a kid-centered or family-friendly event, why not take a gift the entire host family can enjoy?

Hostess Gift Ideas for Families with Children or Teens

Jul 8, 2022

human connection through masks

This mask business is no fun. I feel claustrophobic, a little dizzy, a little silly. The feeling of hot breath and condensation on my nose and cheeks after just a few minutes makes my whole face feel weird. And there’s sore ears, headaches, acne, foggy glasses… But mostly, I just feel disconnected from people. Quarantined […]

Human connection in spite of the mask

Jul 9, 2020

So should you or should you not wear the American flag as clothing? I feel like I’ve heard conflicting information my whole life and being that I’m an etiquette instructor who teaches flag etiquette, I wanted to have good info to teach my students so I did some research and I think I’ve come to […]

Is it okay to wear the American flag as clothing?

Jul 3, 2020

Cotillion. It’s a bit of a weird word and it can be a bit difficult to describe. Especially when there have been many variations throughout history and across cultures. I’ve summarized a few interpretations and also described exactly what cotillion looks like in my world.

What is cotillion?

Jun 3, 2020